If you have been growing flowers and vegetables in your garden then you might have been cross to find that our friends the birds like your strawberries, and to scratch in the soil as much as you do!
Making a scarecrow is a fun way to dress up the garden and it may even scare off those pesky bird buddies.
Then you need to beg some old clothes from a grown up. A big old shirt, a jacket and a even a vest will make your scarecrow more life-like.
Trousers are easier than a skirt. But if you have an old pair of gumboots, then a skirt is fun and it moves in the breeze, making it a more effective bid-scarer. If you use a skirt, some old leggings will make a good lower body for your scarecrow.
A pillowcase for the head (floral patterns may look fun, or you can use white!). A hat certainly makes building your head easier, a baseball cap is just as good as an old straw hat, and it may last longer. Gloves make great hands, ask for an old pair of gardening gloves.
You can stuff the scarecrow with straw, old leaves, polystyrene packing or whatever you have.
Make the Frame Make a frame for the scarecrow by tying the short stake about 25cm from the top of the long stake to form a cross. A grown-up can nail this for you to make it stronger. Two nails will make it really strong.
Ask your helpful grown-up to hammer the long stake into the ground.
Make the Head Turning your pillowcase so that the open end is down, and draw a face. Start with pencil and then use a permanent marker or paint. Fill the pillowcase with your stuffing so that it is nice and firm, bunch the open end together and then put it over the top of the frame so that the stake goes up into the stuffing. Tie the open end of the pillowcase really tightly around the stake with your string.
Fix the hat onto your scarecrow's head using string or a safety pin.
Making the Trousers or Skirt Tie up the ends of the trousers with your string and then fill them with stuffing. Lean the trousers against the frame so that the ends are just above ground level, or even with your boots if you are using any. Tie the trousers to the stake using the back belt loop.
If you are using a skirt, try to find some old leggings to make a lower body, put the skirt over this and attach using safety pins. Then fix both to the stake using string, attaching with safety pins if there is no belt loop.
Filling the Shirt Put the shirt on the scarecrow, using the short stake as the arms. Do up the buttons most of the way to the neck. Tie the arms closed at the end. If you are adding gloves then leave a couple of inches of the stick poking out of the sleeves, and tie the cuffs firmly around the stake.
You can either tuck the shirt into the trousers or skirt and then fill it with stuffing and then close the last buttons.
If you want the shirt to hang over the trousers, you can fill a second pillowcase to go inside the shirt and tie it to the stake, buttoning the shirt closed over it and stuffing only the arms (remember to tie these closed at the cuff before filling).
Tuck the pillowcase head into the neck of the shirt.
Making hands Fill gloves with stuffing and then stick them onto the ends of the stick 'arms'.
Using raffia or straw to make hair is fun (wool tends to go a bit yucky!) and you can make a wild and woolly scarecrow or a neat, scarecrow with 'hair' bunches tied with ribbon.
Fun Things to Add All these make your scarecrow novel.
More Scary Dangling washed cans or old CD's from your scarecrows arms will reflect light and help to deter the birds.
Whatever you do, make sure that you have fun building your scarecrow, and that the birds don't find it too friendly!
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